Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Two Steps Forward, TWO Steps Back

Do you ever feel like this with parenting sometimes? Well, I have. I feel like we will progress at something and they do so well and then all of the sudden its two steps back.

Potty training for example. Jocelynn has done amazing. She has only had a couple accidents and that was in the beginning of training her. JP on the other hand, not doing so great. He was my rock star too. He did amazing and never had an accident until a month or two ago. He has a hard time using #2 (and yes I am aware this is TMI, but if you're a mom I know you understand). It hurts him. He will sit there and kick his little legs and scream until he goes. It will break your heart. It hurts him so bad that sometimes he will go up to four days without going because he is so scared to go. Yes, I give my child medicine to help him go when he has gone that long. It still doesn't help him. Yes, I have tried everything. We started telling him a few weeks ago that he couldn't go to school if he used the bathroom in his pants. Well, he would do it after that. We started to think; maybe this is his way of telling us he really doesn't want to go to school? He had already been telling me that he didn't "wike it" before he ever went. 2 months later he loves school and is only having an issue every now and then. Its like he won't tell me when he needs to go now. I don't know why he won't tell me. But I know his signs. He starts running around like a crazy person or jumping up and down. When I see that happen, I take him to the bathroom right away. I just hope he is OK and this isn't something we are going to deal with for a while. He is a great child. Hopefully he will get back on track soon.I know I have paid my dues because I have cleaned more shit off the floor  than I have changed diapers in the past couple of months.

Like I said " Two steps forward, TWO steps back". What are your two steps back? I have many more of these but don't have time to share all of them;) I think its normal for this as a parent, don't be shy or embarrassed about it. Just remember.. Shit happens. Literally, in my case.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Let's Talk MDO

MDO is going great! The twins are doing so good and to be honest I love the time I get to spend with Maddie while they are gone. I love the school we chose for them. The teachers are amazing, the place is clean, everyone knows Jocelynn and JP's names, and its just awesome all around. The only downside is that it is 30 minutes away from our house but me and Matt really love this place and will take good child care over convenience anytime.

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning I go into their rooms to wake them up so they can start getting ready. I thought that would go badly but they are always in the best of modes when I wake them! They get so excited by talking about school. It is so precious. After getting them ready, I wake up Maddie and throw her shoes on her feet. Yes, I take Maddie in her jammie's in the mornings. After loading them all in the car we head to MDO! I always let them eat breakfast in the car on the way there because we just don't have time at home, plus it takes their minds off the paci's.

I walk them in and take them to their classroom. I have the option of the car pool lane but seeing as how they just warmed up to their teachers, I don't think a stranger getting them out of the car would do any good right now. The past few weeks they have cried as soon as we start walking down their little hallway. Everyone stares (actually everyone is already staring at me because they think I have triplets) and I just smile. When we get to their classroom the teachers immediately take them, hold them and do whatever they need to do for the twins to stop crying. Mrs. Becky told me they always stop crying right after I leave, so I guess the crying show is for my benefit? Thanks babies. Well, today they didn't cry until after they got into their classroom. I call it a win.

This week is teddy bear week at school and I think that excited them a lot. Jocelynn took a pink puppy dog and JP took a small brown dog. They are going to do activities this week involving their "teddy bear". I am so excited for them.

One thing I love about this program is the kids bring home a folder every single day. In that folder is their artwork, an ouch report if they got hurt, and a daily report. I love reading all of it with them when we get home. I really, really love this school and am so happy we chose this place. I can't wait to see how much they grow and learn this year. I am hoping they really break out of their shell and show people just how amazing they are. Because they are...Amazing.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Twins Bathroom + Bedroom

I want to share with you my babies bathroom and the twins bedroom. Like I said when I started this tour... my house is not big at all so we have worked with the space we do have and love everything about it. 

Their bathroom is very small. Like its hard for me and Matt both to be in there at the same time to bathe them. But we do and the kids love their bathroom. I added some vinyl onto the bathtub wall with some fishies to "spice it up". With such a small space I have learned that command hooks are awesome so I use them for mostly everything around the house. I have three command hooks on the side of the bath where they hand their towels after being dry.

We plan on painting one day but for now I guess the flower wallpaper works;)

Yes, our twins are still in cribs. We plan on changing that very soon. I know I have shown you their bedroom before when we called it a "nursery" but I love this room so much and wanted to show you one last time before this is no longer a baby room. 

I can't wait to get started on their "big boy/girl" room! It is going to be so much fun but so emotional at the same time. I love their monkeys on the wall but we have decided to paint over it and do something different for them. I want to cry but I know it just means my babies are growing! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Last Summer trip to the Beach!

We went to the beach last weekend! We've been planning it for a little while because we wanted to go the the Gulf Coast Jam that was happening down there that weekend. It is a country music festival that lasts three days wand we were able to get some tickets at the last minute! 

My mom stayed with us at the beginning of last week to help me out with Madelynn with it being the first week of MDO for the twins. Maddie and Mom ended up going ahead to the beach on Thursday while the twins were at school and we waited until Friday to go. Matt didn't get home until about 4:30, which is a lot later than we had planned on leaving but you do what you have to! The twins did great except for the fact we had to stop every 20 minutes the first 2 hours so JP could pee. That child has the smallest bladder. But then again he drinks.a.lot. We got down there around 10:30 and the kids were exhausted. Me and Matt might had been pretty tired too. We laid them down shortly after getting all of our things in and instead of going to the festival that night we decided to go Saturday and Sunday night. We weren't entirely sure we would be able to go Sunday night until Matt would call that day to see if he had to work Monday, so we just hoped for the best. After all, Blake Shelton was the performer for Sunday night and we didn't want to miss him. 

I had to throw this picture in here because they were all laying on the floor the other night and laughed so hard while saying "ccchhhheeeeessseee"!!

The past couple of beach trips Maddie hasn't been that fond of the sand but this time? We couldn't get her to leave. She loved it. She even loved the ocean or as the twins call it "the big water". Matt held her, I held Jocelynn and pops held JP. Maddie laughed hysterically every time a wave hit all of us. It was the most precious thing! The twins laugh every single time too. JP has the most sensitive eyes. His eyes swell up and become red. I guess the sunscreen, salt water and sand mix doesn't do well with him and he freaks out. He is fine after I wipe his eyes but it breaks my momma heart when he cries.

We put the kiddos to bed and got ready to go listen to Dierks Bentley. The setup of this festival was so cool. There was carnival food, frozen drink tents, whiskey tents, beer tents, mist fan tents, booths with products and more!! The best part to me was that it was outside in this huge field. There was probably 20k people there but it still felt intimate because you could hear so well and see the stage from every angle. We had a blast!

We got up pretty early the next morning and I took a picture of miss Maddie getting loving from her pops;)

We let Matt sleep in because he works so hard and I wanted to reward him. That is the only thing he ever asks for so I let him. To entertain the kids until daddy got up we filled up the baby pool outside, put a slide in it and turned on the hose which equaled instant fun. 

After we got Matt up we went to Ship Wreck Island. We have been wanting to take the kids all summer but could never find the time. We found the time this trip and had a blast!! It was the first time and probably the last time they will get in free. All of them were right under the height limit. 

We played in the pool for hours. We ate pizza, ice cream and might have had a few alcoholic beverages (not me until we got word if Matt was off or not). It was just so much fun. The kids were so tired that Maddie fell asleep on me while I was carrying her to the car. I can't tell you the last time that child has fallen asleep on me. 

Guess what? Matt ended up being off on Monday so we got to stay one more night! Blake Shelton it was! He was hilarious and I have to say.. I love every single song he has ever made.

It was nice to get some one on one time with my hubby this weekend. We haven't spent that much time together alone in a very long time. I forget how much fun we can have. I love that we know each other so well and can just be goofy and not care. I love my baby and I am so glad we got that time this weekend! 

If you want to know more about this festival its in Panama City Beach and its called the "Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam"! I highly recommend it!! 

Now that we went to the beach for a little while I think its ok to ask Fall to come now? Right? You hear that Fall... come on! Its HOT outside!! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Our Home- Maddie's Room

I don't think I have ever shown pictures of our home on here. I had a few requests on IG before and never really thought about doing it until now. Our home isn't very big but its perfect to us. We actually live in a double wide trailer. A lot of people don't know that but yes we do! When the economy crashed back in 2008 (I think it was around that time?) so did our credit. Our credit got bad fast and it didn't allow us to purchase a house. So we did what we had to do to get out on our own and bought a nice double wide. Its really the best of both worlds because our home is nice and cheap;) Until tornado's decide to intervene and then we are off to a friends house.

Our home is about 1900 sf. We have four bedrooms and two bathrooms. I love our home. I am such a homebody too. We have celebrated anniversaries here, we went through infertility problems here, we found out we were pregnant here, and we brought our three babies home here. We live on a big lot on the lake. We plan on building in the future and when we do we can build just right behind us!

I will show you most of the rooms in our house but first lets start with miss Madelynn's room! I knew I wanted her room yellow. We didn't know what gender she was when pregnant so I figured yellow would be a good color for girl or boy. Guess what? The room we decided to put her in was already yellow so yay for that! I ordered some beautiful bedding from a shop on Etsy that would easily work for both sexes. I made an alphabet wall for decoration and added a changing pad and basket to a big dresser I had. My parents found us a white crib at a yard sale and it worked perfect in our little (then) "nuggets" room. I used to have grey curtains up but i replaced them because it was still so bright in there in the afternoons which was messing her naps up. I replaced the curtain and actuality ended up using a bed spread from target that matched her room perfectly and it kept the dun from coming in! So here's our baby girls room!

 Please excuse all of the blankets on top of that dresser. We have way too many blankets and i just threw them up there!

 In her basket on the changing table I always keep diapers, wipes, rash medicine, and a pair of shoes and socks.

I bought all of these letters at Hobby Lobby. Different sizes and different styles. It took me a while to get every single letter in the alphabet because I tried getting them on %50 off or using the coupon when they weren't on sale! After purchasing them all I used card stock and mod-podged it onto each letter. They turned out great!

There ya go!! Hope y'all like it!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First day of MDO

My babies started MDO this week!! I just can't believe they are old enough to attend any type of program. They are still my babies. Although they are so much fun right now and constantly remind me every single day that they really aren't babies anymore.

We went to Meet the Teacher on Monday night. My mom came up this week because I wanted her to keep Maddie so we would be able to stay at Meet the Teacher for a while and just in case I had to be prepared to go get them their first day. As soon as we walked in the door, JP started screaming. I think he thought we were going to just leave him there. After we calmed him down he would look at me and Matt and say "You not weaving me?" and laugh/cry while saying it. It was so precious but made me so anxious for him the next day. The teachers were amazing. They were generous, kind and seemed very loving towards children. I told them how to distract JP the next day and that all he wants is to be loved on and he should calm down. They were excited about loving on my sweet boy. We said our goodbyes and see ya laters and went home to prepare for the next day!

Tuesday morning came quickly. I woke up around 6 to drink my coffee, get a few things done, make them breakfast and put everything in the car. I woke them up around 7. I thought they would be so mad at me because they are use to sleeping until 8:45! They weren't mad at all, In fact they were so excited and started talking about going to school immediately. JP kept telling me he was going to ride a "shcool bus". I just nodded my head and said "alright then!". After getting them dressed, I loaded them in the car and said bye to Moomoo. We would have said bye to Maddie but she was still asleep!

We pulled into the school and still no tears yet! I got them out of the car and they were still talking about how excited they were. We started walking down the hallway towards their class, both of them holding my hands and I look at JP to see his little overwhelmed face by all of the people. Still no tears yet. Finally get to their classroom, walk in and I look down to see what the twins reactions were. Jocelynn was fine and then I look at JP. I saw that bottom lip tuck in and I knew... here we go. He started screaming. I was trying to talk to him and calm him down but Ms. Becky (one of the teachers) grabbed him and told me to go. Off I went. I wanted to cry but I knew he would be just fine. This is the first time ever that they've stayed with someone that's not family so you can see why I would be a nervous wreck. Not for the kids but for the teachers hah! I got into my car and went to Hobby Lobby. I was honestly just waiting on a phone call to come back and get them. 15 minutes passed. Then 30. Then 50. Next thing I know its 10:30 and they still haven't called me. I was so anxious to know how it was going, how their day was and if they were just ok. After Hobby Lobby I went to Krispy Kreme because that is all JP asked for in reward for going to school. I wanted to reward him if he was doing good and show him that this was a big thing. I got 24 donut holes or as my baby boy says "dugnut hoes". It was still only 11:15 and I didn't know what to do next. I could have gone to target and spent money that we don't have or go somewhere else but I didn't want to spend any money that wasn't necessary spending. So I went and got a loaded baked potato and ate it in my car. No radio or anything. Just silence. It was so nice to just listen to my own thoughts and have a moment of peace. But I still couldn't get over my anxiety of thinking about the twins. Nothing was going to calm me down until I saw my babies. I went to a gas station and walked around, the post office to ship something and then just decided to go to the school parking lot. It was 12. I thought "I must be crazy" but when I pulled into the parking lot I noticed every other mom was sitting in their car just waiting. When 12:25 rolled around everyone got out of their car and it was like a race to get in to see all of our babies.

The doors to the preschool wing opened up and we all ran in! I really wanted to peek in on them before seeing me. I turned the corner and saw them playing in their classroom with their other classmates! Jocelynn and JP weren't even playing with each other! I was so proud I could have cried! Then they saw me and just lit up! They ran towards the door and the teacher mouthed to me "they did great!". I got their backpacks and we walked out holding hands. I asked them if they had fun and Jocelynn said "YES! I played basketball" and JP said "uh huh. I went down the BIG slide!!"I was overly filled with joy. I put them in the car and let them eat their doughnuts on the way home while they told me all about their day! And guess what? We got home and miss priss actually took a nap! So it looks like she might nap at least two days out of the week now;)

They both got great reports at the end of the day. JP had an accident but it was right when I had left in the morning when he was crying. After that they both used the potty, shared with others and even ate all of their snack and lunch! BTW- how fun is it making little lunches? I love it!

My mom text me this picture and I died out laughing!! I think Maddie had as good as a time with moo moo as the twins did at school!

I am so proud of my babies! They are only going to go two days a week from 8:30-12:30 but I think it will really help them open up to people they don't know. I am looking forward to see how they do tomorrow. I am sure it will take a few times for JP not to cry but who knows, he could surprise me!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Seven on Saturday!

I thought I said I was going to do better at this right? Well, I have an excuse for this week. We started this week out with a virus! It.was.awful! Im going to catch you up by telling you seven random things from this week!

  • Our week started on Sunday when Jocelynn woke up around 5:30 a.m throwing up. I was hoping it was just maybe something she ate but I had a feeling it was more. She went back to sleep and ended up doing it again around 6:30. I put her in bed with me after cleaning her off, washing her sheets and spraying her bed with lysol. All I could think was "please don't let this go around all of us". Thankfully it ended up being a 12 hour thing and Jocelynn felt much better later that day. Matt came home on Tuesday not feeling well but felt better the day after. 

  • Maddie has been a beast lately. I am talking like I do not even know who she is lately! She has been so mean, pitching fits, starting fights, just causing trouble. She has always been kind of "mean" but not like this. I noticed she was cutting her last one year molar. I am hoping thats why she has been like this. If it is not I might have to sit down and read a book about strong willed children. She is technically my second child (I got the two for one special the first time;) and I have heard some things about second children but nothing like how Maddie is. How was your second child? I think Maddie thinks she is the first child.

This is what she does when she doesn't get her way. She falls on the floor, hands and knees first, turns over and screams while kicking her legs and hitting her arms on the floor. Yup, I guess you could say I do have my hands full...with just this one child.

Jocelynn went to Nashville! She is back now but Moomoo and Pops took their first granddaughter to Nashville with them on Tuesday. She had so much fun. In fact, they must have spoiled her. Let her stay up late, sleep in and got a ton of new toys. Thats what grandparents are suppose to do, right? I love that she loves them so much. This was the first time her and JP have been separated and it went so well. I didn't know how they would act but they were so strong and did great. Me, JP and Maddie went and met them on Thursday to pick her up and I put her in the car so she could say hey to them and they all just started laughing and kissing and hugging. It was the most precious thing ever.

JP really enjoyed some one on one time with me and Matt. I did too. 

  • I did a preorder for some awesome wine tumblers on IG @JunkbyJenn. Follow along and order one! I finally did add my shop button to my blog! You'll see on the bottom left sidebar the button that says "Junk by Jenn". Click on it and it will take you right to my etsy shop!!

  • I am 8 lbs aways from my goal weight. I am so close I can taste it. I haven't cheated on my diet in two weeks and it has really paid off. I usually give myself one night a week (usually the day I weigh in) to eat what I really want for dinner. Well, all I have really wanted is healthy stuff. Plus the virus probably helped me out because I didn't feel like eating anything in the beginning of the week. Goal weight.. here I come!!

  • My babies start MDO on Tuesday!!!! I can't believe it! I am so excited for them. JP hasn't been thrilled about it but Jocelynn will tell everyone "I'm going to go to school!" They are only going two days a week from 8:30-12:30 but this is huge for them. They don't get a whole lot of face time with other kids (other than their siblings). I know JP will cry and Jocelynn might but I am hopping after going to meet the teacher the night before will help them on Tuesday.

  • We are going to the beach next weekend!! Only from Friday- Sunday. I wish we were staying longer but Matt has to get back to go to work on Monday. There is a country music festival happening in Panama City Beach next week and we plan on going to it a couple of nights! We also wanted to one last little vacay for the babies before fall gets here!

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